What is the Knowledge Economy?
The NWT KE is one made up of organizations and initiatives whose inputs and products consist of knowledge and expertise. This is in contrast to traditional notions of economies as producing goods or things, using physical inputs. In the NWT, the KE is playing a significant role in everyday lives and economic opportunities, from research, to training, to Indigenous Knowledge use. This sector is essential to innovation and is becoming increasingly important as the natural resource extraction sector becomes more uncertain and society moves toward knowledge-based green and technological innovations. The paper identifies issues, questions and considerations to analyze the KE with a focus on research and post-secondary education and training. It is intended to spark discussion and contribute ideas for consideration in the public discussions around post-secondary education and institutions in the NWT.
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